Quotation by Cyril Connolly

I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an airhole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.
Cyril Connolly (1903–1974), British critic. "The Journal of Cyril Connolly 1928-1937," p. 156, published in David Pryce-Jones, Journal and Memoir (1983).

W.H. Auden, when asked who was the best critic alive, is said to have replied, "Cyril Connolly, alas."
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